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Naked Lunch
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 80 (Jan 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands, Monique Mercure, Nicholas Campbell, Michael Zelniker, Robert A. Silverman, Joseph Scorsiani & Roy Scheider

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc set includes audio commentary by director David Cronenberg and actor Peter Weller. Disc Two begins with Chris Rodley

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): The Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC15990
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $39.95
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 115
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1991
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/11/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): David Cronenberg
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the book by William S. Burroughs, "Naked Lunch" is the previously unfilmable novel partly resembling the author's own life. Bill Lee (Weller) is an exterminator and wanna be writer who's also a drug addict. Talking to giant bugs is part of the everyday norm for Bill. His wife Joan (Davis) is also a druggie, and her drug of choice is bug powder. When Bill makes his way to Interzone, the hallucinations really begin and Bill's writing becomes more surreal than even he could have imagined. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a picture that is sharp and detailed, and textures can be nicely rendered. Colors are richly saturated with lots of warm hues like oranges and golds, at times appearing a bit oversaturated. Hues can also appear a bit flat and somewhat dated at times. Only occasionally does the distraction of edge enhancement appear. Pixelization and signs of smearing are minimal. The source element is revealing of a few flecks of dirt and a minor, occasionally noticed, flicker. (Suzanne Hodges)

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